RFH Bike Drive

May 3rd, 2013

Bike Drive

RFH Junior Matt Dell with some of the bikes he has collected for area youngsters who lost theirs due to Hurricane Sandy.



Rumson — Thanks to the efforts of Matt Dell, a junior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional
High School, youngsters who lost their bikes due to Hurricane Sandy recently received
a very pleasant surprise.

After hearing about the bike losses suffered by local children of all ages, Matt organized
and publicized a Hurricane Sandy Bike Drive. He urged RFH students and families and
other local residents to get their unused bikes out of garages and sheds and into the
hands of deserving youngsters. Bikes were donated at three locations on April 28 — the
Fair Haven Youth Center on Fisk Street, the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Office on River Street in Rumson, and the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion. The
event was a huge success, resulting in the donation of 120 bikes in working order.

The bikes were collected by volunteers, including RFH juniors Colin Heath and Enzo
Lucarelli. With the help of Sandyfamilymatch, an organization dedicated to assisting
Jersey Shore families impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the bikes were transported and
distributed to youngsters in Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright, and Union Beach. The
residents of these towns are dealing with devastating damage and loss of personal
items due to the storm, which hit the area on October 29.

“It was amazing to see how generous people were,” said Matt. “Some of the donated
bikes looked brand-new!”

Matt is the son of Beth and Kevin Dell of Fair Haven.

Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations
mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885

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